Youth Offending Team Nursing Service (YOTNS)
Aims and objectives of service
The primary aim of the YOT Nursing Service (YOTNS) is to reduce health inequalities and improve health outcomes for children and young people who are under the supervision of the Nottingham City Youth Offending Team.
The YOTNS aims to deliver health interventions in line with Healthy Child Programme (HCP) for five to 19-year-olds and to support the wider Youth Offending Team (YOT) function and court process.
The YOTNS is organisationally interdependent within Nottingham CityCare Partnership Virtual Vulnerable Children’s Team, and closely links with school nursing regarding accepting and discharging children and young people from the YOT.
Local HCP priorities supported by the YOTNS include: reducing health inequalities; improving emotional health, psychological wellbeing and mental health; promoting healthy weight; promoting immunisation programmes; reducing teenage pregnancy; improving sexual health by promoting contraception advice; reducing the impact of substance misuse and reducing avoidable injuries.
Support to the wider YOT function and court process includes: Pre-sentencing Reports (PSR); Risk of serious harm (ROSH); Vulnerability Management Plan (VMP); Case reviews re ASSET and health needs training to YOT case manager staff and the Youth Magistrate Court.
Referral to the YOTNS will be on entry to the Youth Offending Service. Referrals for health assessments may also be received from the following:
- Police Officer (health assessment may be part of Youth Conditional Caution)
- School Nurse
- Young person
The service is available to all children aged between 10-19 years who are currently under supervision of the Nottingham City YOT service; live in the Nottingham City boundaries or live in the Nottingham City boundaries, but are educated outside it.